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Asking the Big Questions in Dublin’s Fair City – Part 1
This February marked the first, hopefully of many, Biogerontology for Clinicians International Conference, held at the state-of-the-art Mercer Institute of Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’ Hospital, Dublin.
Other than exercising? Another way for fear of falling…
Whenever you are afraid of losing balance in doing something, it means you might have fear of falling.
The link between frailty and losing teeth
Bacteria accumulates in the mouth on a daily basis, and if patients don’t get rid of it by brushing and flossing twice a day, they could put themselves at risk of many health conditions. Now, a recent study has found that losing teeth could even result in frailty, which is especially a concern for seniors.
Love makes the world go round but sex adds the sparkles: A review of “Dementia, Sex and Wellbeing”
Two phrases leap to mind when faced with the question “what do you think of when you hear ‘dementia and sex'?”: “inappropriate behaviour” and “safeguarding issues”. The author of this book acknowledges this perspective: in this group of people, the issue of sex is only raised in the context of problems or concerns.
Spring Speakers Series: Promoting Activity and Independence in early Dementia
Why diagnose dementia? And why diagnose dementia early? Because we want to do something to make lives better? If so, what?
Book review: Visiting the Memory Café and other Dementia Care Activities
Visiting the Memory Cafe and Other Dementia Care Activities has been developed by Caroline Baker and her colleagues at Barchester Healthcare as a framework for planning and implementing programmes of activity that optimise the wellbeing of people living with dementia.
"Doc, I read on the Internet that probiotics might help me. Is it true?"
In 2001, an international Joint Expert Consultation of scientists working on behalf of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization defined probiotics as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host".
Book review: ‘Memory’s last Breath’ – a written exploration of life, love and personhood
Journeying beyond questions of how and why disease happen; to considering what they truly mean in the lives of individuals is one of the great challenges of clinical practice. The book 'Memory's last Breath' looks at how dementia brings out this challenge particularly strongly.
15 years of dementia treatment in 15 papers: an online themed collection in Age and Ageing journal
Age and Ageing journal is delighted to be able to publish this free online collection of 15 papers to provide an update on the advances of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions in dementia over the last 15 years.
The National Association of Care & Support Workers (NACAS) was founded in 2016. The association is directed by care workers and aims to improve health and social care through our members.
Spring Speakers Series: Clinical Psychologists in Memory Services
Clinical Psychologists have been part of Memory Clinics as long as they have been in existence as a part of service provision in the UK, using neuropsychology skills in the diagnostic process.
New guidelines for recognising and assessing pain in older adults
New recommendations to help healthcare professionals recognise and assess levels of pain in older people were published today in the scientific journal Age and Ageing. The guidelines were developed by the British Geriatrics Society, the British Pain Society, the Royal College of Nursing and others.
How (I try!) to avoid a hospital admission for someone with frailty
Dr Amy Heskett gives a practical checklist for avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions, developed from feedback received from paramedics, carers, patients, District Nurses and GPs.
Spring Speakers Series: an overview of post stroke visual impairment
The prevalence of visual impairment in stroke survivors has been reported as 72 per cent. This can be the result of a range of different problems. In the post stroke period, a person may be experiencing a visual impairment that is of new onset, or their visual problems may pre-exist the stroke.
Swallowing Awareness Day #swallowaware2018
The Royal College of Speech and Language (RCSLT) held a Symposium on dysphagia to work collaboratively at a system wide level in order to improve patient care, safety and outcomes for adults with dysphagia.
Creating a ‘Frail Friendly’ Acute Medical Unit... 'not rocket science'
Creating a ‘Frail Friendly’ Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust …. or what some specialities in Teresa Dowsing's Trust used to call ‘not rocket science’.
Spring Speakers Series: Developing an Intervention for Falls in Dementia
Between 47 - 90 per cent of people with dementia fall at least once a year. After a fall, they are less likely to recover well, more likely to be hospitalised, are hospitalised for longer and are more likely to require increased care. Louise Allan examines the care received by these patients.
Delirium awareness is not just for hashtags, it’s for life
Delirium research is not taken as seriously as it should be, thinks Dr Shibley Rahman. Where for example is the research which explains the neural substrates of hypoactive and hyperactive delirium? How long do ‘sleep episodes’ last for?
Palliative care provisions are not meeting the needs of an ageing population
A commentary published in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the BGS, warns despite the fact that frail older people with multiple illnesses and end stage dementia are the most rapidly growing group in need of palliative care current provisions do not meet their needs.